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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel



5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration (for reception attendees), 4th Floor Foyer


Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Conference Reception, the Courtyard (4th Floor)


Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Phoenix Convention Center



7:30 am - 8:00 am




8:00 am - 8:05 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Tim Cox, Oregon Door, NADC Chairman

8:05 am – 9:15 am

Commercial/Multifamily Building Outlook


This opening session will review the current economic factors impacting the commercial, institutional and multifamily markets.What are the current economic fundamentals of the market and the strengths and weaknesses of these segments? Will we see improvement, decline or flat markets in 2016?The session will include forecasts of the educational, office, retail, health care, hotel, warehouse and multifamily market segments.

Speaker: Kermit Baker, Chief Economist, American Institute of Architects


9:15 am – 10: 15 am

The Performance Advantages of Gradient Polymerization Coatings on Wood Components


Participants will learn what gradient polymerization is in water based wood coatings and the performance advantages of using them on wood components. They will learn what to ask for when selecting coatings for wood and what performance they can expect for water, rot and UV resistance. They will learn how to asses the life cycle of the coatings on their wood components and create a realistic warranty for the finish on their components

Speaker: Robert Bein, Gemini Coatings

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break



10:30 am – 11:30 am

UL 10B and 10C Changes that Improve Fire Door Testing


The presentation will focus on the progression of fire door labeling and certification practices from the early 1900’s until today and then preview what is coming around the corner for the fire door industry. We will also take a look at trends and concerns that should be on the radars of the attendees regarding architectural wood doors and then complete our discussion with an overview of fire door testing methods in use today in key markets such as North America, Middle East and Europe.

Speaker: Matt Schumann, Industry Manager, Resistance and Containment, UL

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Field Installation of Fire Glass Under Label Service: How do Manufacturers and Distributors Prepare?


NFPA 80 Requires glazing materials in vision panels to be, “… installed in accordance with inspection service procedures and under label service.” This means that the installer of fire glass in fire doors must be either the manufacturer or a party authorized to apply fire labels under the manufacturers machining listings. It is becoming more common for purchase orders to request fire doors without glazing with the expectation that this will be done in the field. What happens when doors ship to a job site? This program will discuss the challenges placed on manufacturers those faced by door distributors who must change how they bid and furnish product so as to preserve fire label integrity.

Session Moderator: Steve Farley, VP of Commercial Sales, TruStile Doors

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch



1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

EPA Formaldehyde Rule – Essential Information for Manufacturers and Specifiers


The Environmental Protection Agency’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products regulation published on December 12, 2016, becomes effective March 21, 2017.  All manufacturers (including importers), fabricators, suppliers, distributors, and retailers of composite wood products, and component parts or finished goods containing these materials, must comply by December 12, 2017.  Laminated products must comply December 12, 2023.  This session will provide the latest updates on implementation and the key provisions door manufacturers and specifiers need to know in preparation for the December 12 compliance date.

Speaker: TBA








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